Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques
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The Perfect Stitch for Every Project
Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? This essential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations.
This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.
blouse, dress, and skirt hems; collar edges; and necklines. It can be used as a decorative topstitch. The crescent stitch is seen on most mechanical and computerized machines. On mechanical machines, adjust the stitch length to 0.5mm and the width to the widest setting; computerized machines will adjust the settings automatically. Use crescent stitch with the satin stitch foot; the deep groove allows the dense stitches to pass under it easily. Use matching all-purpose thread or decorative rayon
chalk and ruler. 3 Install the walking foot on the machine. Insert a quilting needle and select the serpentine stitch. 4 Place the fabric so that the first marked row is under the center of the presser foot. Lower the presser foot and stitch the row. 5 Continue stitching each row in the same manner. EXPERT TIP Try adjusting the stitch length and width for different looks. Fix Stitch The fix stitch is a securing stitch to keep seams from unraveling. Rather than backstitching
pin in place. 2 Select the arrowhead stitch, install the satin stitch foot, and thread the machine with desired thread. 3 Line up the end of the appliqué with the center of the presser foot and stitch around it. EXPERT TIP In some cases computerized sewing machines allow you to mirror image the stitch so that the triangles point down instead of up. Banner Stitch The banner stitch is a satin stitch made by zigzags to form flag shapes. Use it to stitch appliqués, topstitch, or
inconspicuous spot and then pull tight. Clip the thread, and the thread tail will be hidden inside the project. EXPERT TIP You can also use a backtack stitch at the beginning to secure the thread tails. Make sure the backtack stitch is hidden in the seam. Darning Stitch The darning stitch is used to repair holes or worn areas in woven fabrics. Threads are stitched in one direction across the hole as a base, then threads are woven through base threads at a 90-degree angle to mimic
from computerized machines. Mechanical Sewing Machines Mechanical sewing machines have gears, cams, drive shafts, and belts inside, all of which are powered by a single electric motor. They also have dials, levers, or sliders to adjust stitch pattern, length, and width. The motor is controlled by the foot pedal; when the foot pedal is pressed, the motor drives all of the processes at a synchronized rate. STITCH PATTERN These machines have internal and permanent cams that are